Loaded Backpacks Affect Childrens’ Health

By Zipporah

As the debate about e-books versus traditional textbooks rages on, one thing is certain–e-books weigh much less than traditional books, which may be beneficial for students’ health.

Children who wear backpacks with many large textbooks have a bigger risk of falling and injuring themselves. Carrying large backpacks also changes the way children walk. Girls and younger children may be especially at risk for backpack-related injuries because they are smaller and lighter than boys. Doctors and physical therapists recommend that children carry no more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight in backpacks.

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